By Shahla Aliyeva
Germany is a big and exciting country to visit as a tourist, and also to settle in for work. Being a Developer, you would naturally want to move to a place where you are assured of a job and a good lifestyle.
The country is among the top five nations with a high Happiness Index and superb technological advancements in the IT sector. But what exactly should you do when planning a move to and work in Germany as a Developer?
Learn the Right Language
Language is obviously one of the chief concerns when relocating from one country to another. In most cases, you need to worry less about the native language when searching for a job in the German cities. Germany is 10th on the latest EF English Proficiency Index with Dusseldorf and Berlin's residents being the best English-speakers in the country.
You will be able to land an admirable IT job in Germany even when you are only fluent in English. However, the ease of that can vary and that affects your chances of having an easier transition. This is because the civil service, and even doctors, will generally require you to speak to them in German.
This is why you should have at least a B1 level of German language skills. However, for individual cases, it might not be necessary to provide proof of German language skills especially if German is not the main language spoken at work.
Visa and Work Permit
Germany’s visa regulations for entry vary with your country of residence or birth among other factors. Nationals of the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are entitled to freedom of movement.
This means that you have unrestricted access to the German labour market if you are a citizen of the countries in those clusters. The unrestricted access allows you to enter and get employed in Germany even without a visa or a residence permit.
Section 19c (2) AufenthG (German Residence Act) together with Section 6 BeschV of the German Employment Regulation direct the hiring of third-country nationals. The policies require such foreigners to obtain qualified employment in Germany only after getting a residence permit.
Entry into Germany as a third country citizen requires you to submit a visa application at a German Embassy or Consulate. This should be done before you embark on your journey to enter the nation. However, nationals of the United States of America, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, or the Republic of Korea can enter Germany without a visa.
You should, nonetheless, apply for a residence permit before you seek employment in the country. You can contact your local Foreigners’ Authority directly before or after arriving in Germany. If you want to get employed in the country shortly after your arrival, you should submit an application for the relevant visa even before you enter the country.
Germany’s Job Seeker Visa
Germany issues a job seeker visa to foreign citizens who wish to work in the country. The job seeker visa is a temporary residence permit. It allows you to stay in the nation for a continuous period of six months when working or seeking employment.
To be eligible for the job seeker visa you ought to have met the following requirements:
- Have sufficient funds in your (or parent’s) account to prove that you can sufficiently pay for your living costs during the first six months you will be in Germany
- You have to get a job during the 6-month period spent in German
- You have to undergo a mandatory visa interview at the nearest German Embassy
- Bachelor or Master’s Degree with a great percentile and at least 36 months of relevant job experience
The job seeker visa is processed relatively fast as compared to other visas as it takes less than six months. It also makes the process of searching for and securing a job in Germany easier. Once you get a job, you should seek a work visa or work permit and in most instances, your new employer might sponsor the application. After working in the country with a work visa for five years, you can apply to become a permanent resident of Germany.
Working holiday visas for Germany are another option for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil. This Visa gives young people between 18 and 30 the opportunity to gain an insight into the culture and daily life of the partner country.
Relocating to Germany will allow you to experience another lifestyle while also getting a copious quality of life. With the country facing a shortage of skilled IT workers, among other professionals, there is no better time to relocate there.
It is wiser to first experiment with different cities and get an idea of where you would love to live. Berlin, Dortmund, Nürnberg, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and all other German cities have remarkable distinctions. See what they have to offer, interact with other experts in the area and search for a job after you are satisfied.